of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) on Monday said they would hold talks by Sept.
29, to resolve issues that led to truck drivers’ protest.
over a misunderstanding with security operatives outside the port gate in
Apapa, Lagos last week Thursday.
a major challenge which made some drivers induce security operatives to collect
money to allow them into the port.
said that the truck drivers did complain of extortion by security operatives
outside the port, as well as delays inside the terminals.
that a call-up system would serve an urgent measure to checking the problem and
get things done more efficiently.
by security agents operating outside the port, and claimed they faced delays
trying to off-load or load their boxes in the terminal.
refuted the allegation of delays by the truck drivers.
to introduce measures to ensure that the terminals do the proper thing, and as
a way of solving this issue, we’ll establish a call-up system that must be
take to shunting, which he said could lead to some of these challenges.
induce officials to allow them go in before others. If that attitude can be
checked, it will go a long way to solving the challenges.”
improvement in the working environment as it planned to convene a meeting with
the leadership of all the security operatives.
of the Association of Maritime Truck Owners ( AMATO) blamed
the situation whereby several
trucks mill around the port environment when not requested for.
traffic officials, in order to be allowed into the port, just as some officials
may want to take advantage of the situation too.
wanting to enter, the tendencies are that some of them will want to give money
to security operatives to enable them go on time.
now capitalise on the situation to start giving them conditions to pass
caused by the harsh work environment the drivers faced, he commended NPA’s
efforts to ensure a workable system to overcome the present challenges.
extortions and all other things. But, the NPA is working to control and manage
the rate at which trucks will come into the port.
coming to work on a ‘call-up’ system.
required to come into the port environment.
such trucks will not just come into Apapa,” Ogungbemi said.